From drought to an abundance of rain

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By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

With 3.2 inches of rain in the area Monday morning, June’s total rainfall is now at 6.5 inches – 2.15 inches above the average of 4.35 inches.

Monday’s rainfall broke a stretch of four straight months with below average precipitation. Despite June’s heavy rainfall, the area is still 2.3 inches below the January to June average with 10.85 inches of precipitation compared to the average of 13.15 inches.

The Chippewa River near Benson had fallen to 7.61 feet, the lowest level in a couple years. Tuesday morning it peaked at 9.14, up more than 1.5 feet.

Prior to Monday’s rainfall, drought conditions continued to spread through western Minnesota.

When the U.S. Drought Monitor’s new map came out last Thursday morning, it showed nearly all of Swift County in a moderate drought. A moderate drought is the second stage of drought.  The southeastern corner of the county was abnormally dry, the first stage of a drought...

 

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